Using a soft scoliosis brace is one of many different scoliosis treatment options. First off, what is scoliosis?
Scoliosis Curve Patterns and Scoliosis Braces
Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine. It’s not a disease, but it is a spinal condition. As we don’t know all of it’s causes, there is no cure. However, there are ways to correct scoliosis via different scoliosis treatment options such as scoliosis braces.
Scoliosis comes generally in two forms “S” or “C” type curve patterns. “S” curves commonly referred to as double majors have a curve in the thoracic spine and a curve in the lumbar spine which are similar in size.
The typical pattern for an “S” curve scoliosis is a right thoracic and a left lumbar meaning the concave side in a left lumbar curve is to the right. This would look like an S from the front or a backward S from the back. “S” curves will typically demonstrate a posture presentation that is fairly centered on the midline when viewed from the front or back where their head, torso, and pelvis line up but their eyeline, shoulder line, and hip line will be tilted.
The double curve type will lead to two noticeable bumps that form as a “S” scoliosis progresses beyond 30 degrees. When a bending test is performed and the patient is viewed from behind while they bend down to touch their toes the chiropractor will notice a protrusion by the shoulder blade and a protrusion by in the lower back muscles.
Correcting Spinal Curvature: Scoliosis Treatment Options
This protrusion is due to the natural adaptation of the postural muscles to the scoliosis and is not causing the scoliosis. The smaller intrinsic or deep smaller muscles that connect each individual bone of the spine are influenced by the brain and the signal from the brain to the deeper smaller muscles is most likely the cause where these protruding muscles along the outside of the curvatures are secondary adaptations.
So the brain tells the spine what position to be in and the posture muscle set the tone to stabilize this position as neutral. Since the spine becomes curved the muscles of posture on the outside of the curve will increase in mass,called hypertrophy, due to constant use for stabilization whereas the inside posture muscles will no longer be needed to stabilize the spine and will atrophy, decrease in mass, due to disuse.
It is important to begin treatment for scoliosis such as scoliosis braces to stop the condition from getting worse.
Pivonka Family Chiropractic
1355 S Higley Rd #102
Gilbert, AZ 85296